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final g.o.p. debate of the year? >> christa: also back to school for thousands of students in l.a. after a serious threat canceled class. why city lead centers boston are also on alert today. >> sarah: and a new york newspaper taking shots at t.b. 12. why his friendship with donald trump is making national headlines. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good morning, everybody. happy wednesday. thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. our week-long series on all things "star wars" continues, and today new england awakens with j.r. sharing some fun tidbits from the film. maybe you didn't know about some of this trivia. >> sarah: that's exciting, j.r. >> jeremy: yes, i was doing a little research and going through some notes, and i thought, oh, this is something that's new to me, so we'll share that with you. right now boston 43. bedford at 40 degrees. fitchburg 34. provincetown at 42. there's some wind out there. not like yesterday. but it's from the north about 5 to 15mph.
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wind-chill, but again, mid-december when you're having wind-chill maps in the 30s, you're doing all right. so through the day, it's actually a pleasant december day with a mix of clouds and sunshine, low 40s this morning. 2:00 p.m., middle 40s, and barely any wind out there. that's huge this time of year. 7:00 this evening, going to begin or end your christmas shopping. looks dry out on those roadways. temps this evening cooling off, upper 30s. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. it's pleasant on the roads this morning, as well. zakim bridge and leverett connector looking good. let's go to the map. a lot of green out there. 93 southbound, you're fine, all the way back up to 495. route 1 looking good, as well. the pike wide open, all green boston. south of town, route 24, route 3 all looking fine so far this morning. the expressway, the braintree split into boston just nine minutes. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to
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the expressway, the split to the tunnel, just ten minutes. all green, no delays to tell you about. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes. so far the "t" is on time. back to you. >> sarah: rights now the case against a convicted killer heading back to court. attorneys for philip chism morning. there is a hearing on a separate charge less than 24 hours after chism was found guilty of murdering his teacher. >> christa: the 16 year old is also accused of attacking a department of youth services worker, and yesterday just an outpouring of emotion has the verdict was read. here's 7's victoria warren. vicki? >> victoria: after the verdict yesterday, we heard from colleen ritzer's family for the very first time. today philip chism's juvenile case is getting calls here in boston. this case has a lot of similarities to the colleen ritzer case, yet the jury in the ritzer case never got to hear any of these details. the jury came back with that
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verdict yesterday after deliberating for about nine hours. >> the defendant, philip chism, is guilty. >> victoria: 16-year-old philip chism emotionless after the jury says he raped and murdered his math teacher colleen ritzer. his mother doubled over while colleen's mother sat and cried. >> this guilty verdict, while the beginning of justice for colleen, is certainly no cause for celebration. >> victoria: the ritzer family not even getting chance to process the weeks of graphic testimony they just sat through. first thing wednesday, chism is back inside another courtroom, this one in boston where he's facing attempted murder charge, accused of attacking a department of youth services worker while he was in custody. >> we will honor her legacy and be her voice during the continued judicial process. >> victoria: that process is also likely to see lengthy appeals, and because chism was only 14 years old when he killed his math teacher, the judge has to follow new sentencing guidelines, which means he can't
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there is a chance he could be parole eligible before he's 40 years old. the ritzers know what's ahead for them, but in this moment they want to focus on their daughter and her lasting impact on those who knew her. >> one of colleen's favorite quotes is, "there is something good in every day." to celebrate our love for her and in recognition of the many lives colleen touched and continues to influence despite the immense loss we're forced to endure, we will carry on and this our best the find the good in every day. >> victoria: next week there will be hearing where the judge will set a sentencing date, again under the laws for juveniles now convicted of first-degree murder, they will be parole eligible after 15 to 25 years. as for the hearing that's happening today in boston, it's still unclear if philip chism himself will be present. he has elected to waive his appearance at several court appearances lately. live this morning in boston, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: breaking overnight,
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serious crash in wakefield on route 128 after a car slammed into a guardrail and burst into flames. both victims were rushed to the hospital. police are investigating the cause of the crash. >> christa: now to the race for the white house. the g.o.p. candidates taking center stage out in las vegas and the war on terror really taking top billing in this final debate of 2015. let's get right to the control room and 7's nancy chen for the latest. nancy? >> nancy: christa, good morning. national security concerns have been on everyone's minds, especially lately. this was the first debate since the terror attacks in san bernardino and the candidates our nation safe. the topic of last night's debate, foreign policy. republican front-runner donald trump on his idea to ban all muslims from coming to the united states. isolation. we're talking about security. we're not talking about religion. we're talking about security. >> nancy: governor jeb bush
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stage in las vegas last night who questioned trump's muslim ban. >> this is not a serious proposal. >> nancy: jeb and trump sparked several times during the debate. >> you said on september 30th that isis -- >> am i talking or are you talking? >> i'm talking. >> you can go back. >> nancy: on isis, neurosurgeon ben carson believes attacks in the united states could be prevented if people weren't so politically correct. >> people are worried about somebody's going to say that i'm islam phobic or what have you. this is craziness because we are at war. that's why i ask congress, go ahead and declare the war. >> nancy: senators marco rubio and ted cruz disagreed about immigration policies, mainly whether nor -- senator cruz would rule out allowing those in becoming legal. >> do you rule it out? >> i never supported legalization. i do not intend to support
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>> when trump complained he was being attacked too much during the debate, jeb bush pounced. >> this is a tough business. >> i know. you're a tough guy, jeb. >> you're never going to be president of the united states by insulting your way... >> well, i'm at 43 and you're at... >> doesn't matter. >> nancy: meanwhile, governor chris christie called for a no-fly zone over syria, vowing to shoot down russian jets if they violate it. senator rand paul said that would be inciting world war iii. nancy chen, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: today the department of security announcing changes to the nation's terror alert system. the system will be modified to better inform the public about terror threats. plans to change the terror alert system were announced shortly after the mass shooting in san bernardino. also today, the federal reserve will decide whether to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years. the historic announcement is scheduled for this afternoon.
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impact on homeowners who may see a sharp rise in mortgage rates. >> christa: back to school this morning for more than half million students in los angeles after a threat based on a popular tv show shut down the entire school district. officials say this was a bomb threat made from overseas, and it prompted them to keep students at home. the e-mail was also directed at schools in new york. officials say they're also investigating it as a hoax that was influenced by recent episodes of the tv show "homeland." >> we can now announce the f.b.i. has determined this is not a credible threat. >> it appears to be the same e-mail that a generic e-mail. >> christa: and here in boston, bpd's internet was shut down for about 20 minutes yesterday after a cyber attack. but officials say it was not threats. >> at this time we have no reason to think there are any threats toward boston or our schools or any of our agencies. i want all of our parents,
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residents to know our city is safe and our schools are safe. >> christa: mayor marty walsh says the city of boston normally sees a few cyber attacks every year. meantime, officials say they're still investigating who was behind the threats in los angeles and in new york. >> sarah: new this morning, the "new york daily news" blasting tom brady on today's front page, attacking the pats' star for his relationship with donald trump. 7's nicole oliverio is live at gillette stadium with more on this story. nicole? >> nicole: well, sarah, the new york paper wasted no time taking brady's words for what he said on a radio interview here in boston and making it seem as questions. tom brady hoping to avoid getting in the middle of any political talk. >> donald j. trump for president in 2016. >> i can just stay out of this debate? >> nicole: but the "new york daily news" is putting the
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blaring front page headline with comments the quarterback made when asked if he supports republican presidential candidate donald trump. everything they do. i think that's... i think it's pretty remarkable what he's achieved in his life. >> nicole: the new york paper criticized brady for not denouncing trump's plan to ban all muslims. >> this is really important to you guys, huh? >> nicole: brady did call trump a friend. it was in december when a trump hat was spotted in brady's locker. >> he's always been so supportive from me. since the last 15 years since i judged a beauty pageant for him. >> reporter: and trump supported number 12 during deflategate. >> we love tom brady. as you know, he's very good friend of mine. >> reporter: in the article, other athletes and owners came the brady's defense, saying it's nobody's business who he supports. and when asked, brady says he still does have that hat in his locker.
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oliverio, news today in new england. >> sarah: and there's much more ahead on "today in new england." a scare on the sidewalk. a wall collapses in malden nearly hitting a child. th morning the woman caught story. >> christa: a strange break-in attempt caught on camera. police say a man in florida tried to find his way into jail. >> sarah: and the countdown is on to the "star wars" debut as knowledge. j.r. going to tell you something you didn't know. >> jeremy: and there will be a quiz tomorrow, frenchie, on those little pieces of information. low 40s as we work into the afternoon, pleasant. mix of clouds and sunshine, mid-40s this afternoon. >> danielle: good morning. roads looking good this morning so far. leverett connector, zakim bridge, no problems to tell you about. on the expressway from the braintree split into boston, just ten minutes.
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>> sarah: welcome back on this wednesday morning. you did a little christmas shopping yesterday? >> christa: i did. not completely 100% done, but... is it monday today or what? you left your keys at home. >> sarah: i did. i said that. i had to call my husband to bring them to get into my locker. he was not a happy man. i was like, i need my keys. >> christa: oh, bless his heart. >> sarah: but that's okay. it's wednesday. we're closer to the weekend now. so we all have those mornings, right? >> christa: i think so. >> jeremy: sometimes we have those months, so i hear you. yesterday. not as much wind as we saw. cooler today. but not cold. temps right now low 40s. that's where we should be for afternoon highs. more showers on the way for tomorrow afternoon, and more so tomorrow night. 43 in the city this time. the normal high is 41. bedford at 40. fitchburg 34. hyannis at 44. and the amount of wind out there
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it's not overpowering wind, and there's no arctic air, but a cool breeze this morning, bedford feels like 34. here in boston feels like 39. provincetown feels like 33. the high pressure is with us. and when the blue h is so close to you, there's less wind out there, and also providing dry air. so we'll have a mix of clouds and sunshine for the day, and then just off camera, perhaps just now showing up in illinois, wisconsin, some showers out, there rain showers, that's our next weather system on the way for tomorrow. so today decent, clouds and sun, tomorrow not so much. cloudy skies with a couple of isolated showers in the afternoon, but i think the bulk of the rain tomorrow will hold off until probably after the commute tomorrow night. it will be a little burst of rain tomorrow night and very early friday morning. that system moves away. there's another weather system that actually tries to clip new england during the day on friday. so that too will see a lot of clouds and lower chance of some showers on friday. if you're going to have raindrops friday, probably on cape cod versus boston or
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boston, i'll leave it at a 40% chance, but i think tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night, a higher chance of rain, no shot of rain today, it's dry. cooler, but again, seasonally mild with temperatures between 42 and 46. afternoon. as we work into the afternoon there. the city around 45. dartmouth at 46. north of town, merrimack valley, the numbers in the middle and upper 40s out into the worcester hills. fitchburg 43. barre at 43. and out on the cape and the islands, chatham 46 and nantucket at 47. so you have some showers today in the upper midwest, the great lakes states, some showers and thunderstorms the gulf coast. inner mountain region, some snow showers, and a storm approaching the pacific northwest with rain hitting seattle tonight and tomorrow, but as of now looks dry in san fran and los angeles. temps into the 60s. tonight becoming cloudy in new england from that great lakes weather system, and then we will have a couple showers heading this way tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. then again one or two more showers possible on friday. at this time, the weekend dry,
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saturday and sunday. >> christa: so if you don't see a plan to see the newest "star wars" movie right away, you can avoid having social media spoil it for you. this new extension on google chrome called "force block" prevents you from stumbling on the any sites that contain spoilers. >> sarah: are you doing that, j.r.? >> jeremy: i'm going to have to do that. >> christa: i guess it redirects any "star wars" key words. i guess that's how it works. >> jeremy: i'm supposed to be interactive on twitter for weather, but i love to chat about "star wars," too, so i'm going to be like... >> sarah: surely nobody will spoil it for you. >> christa: and i know you can quote all of the movie lines by heart, a lot of fans can, can't they? >> sarah: so tell us about this story you have coming up today. >> jeremy: so what this is, we're looking back before we bounce ahead. this is some stuff that we went back and wanted to look at the first six movies. some odds and ends, nuggets
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new england awakens. >> it's still unreal to me that we're getting new "star wars." i never thought in my lifetime i would see episode vii. >> jeremy: this film critic saw an advance screening of "the force awakens." to get you ready, we're digging up some new information on the old films. what object obiwan? sir alex guinness didn't think much of the movie, but because he got a cut at the box office, his paycheck was reportedly $95 million. >> more powerful than you can possibly imagine. >> jeremy: luke skywalker was almost called luke starkiller. >> not bad for a little furball. >> jeremy: up until the last minute, return of the jedi was called... >> revenge of the jedi. >> jeremy: the name was changed before release. the communicator used in the film wasn't technical at all.
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they took apart. >> jeremy: if the auditions worked out differently, you might have seen members of the boy band in sync in "take of the clones." >> a little droid. >> jeremy: to get you in the holiday spirit... >> the "star wars" holiday special. >> jeremy: in 1978, a "star wars" holiday special aired on cbs. one critic called it "the worst two hours of television ever." we celebrate a day of peace >> that would not happen today. you would not get "the lord of the rings" holiday special. at that time it was rudolph followed by some wookiees. whatever works. >> jeremy: right there, that's how you identify fan boy. you ask the fan boy, have they ever seen the "star wars" holiday special, and if they say yes. >> sarah: that's so awesome. i love it. >> is that for real or is that an "snl" skit?
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at the critics said, it was the worst hour of television in history. >> christa: you have another special? >> jeremy: tomorrow we're going to introduce you to an exercise workout class that's being offered in boston beginning on friday, but we have an advanced workout. workout? >> jeremy: light sabres. >> jeremy: yes. >> christa: stay tuned for that tomorrow. but up next, j.r., we're not done with you yet. morning. >> jeremy: i'm taking you into the kitchen.
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this is my wife and daughter. the holidays can be a stressful time whether you're hosting a party or fending off a rebelton in a galaxy far, far away. so we have a recipe we think you'll enjoy. we love it. it's apple dumplings. you guys ready to make it? >> yeah. >> yeah. >> jeremy: okay. first things first. we're going to peel this apple. we live out here in apple country, so we love to find anything that has an apple in the recipe. >> yeah. so now we're going to chop up the apple. >> jeremy: you can slice it up into eighths or use this little dice right here. super slick. now we're going to take the crescent rolls, this is where i need your help, lily, is we're going to roll the apple up into the crescent rolls. you can put that apple to bed, tuck it up and put it in the greased pan. good night, apple. >> good night, apple. >> jeremy: next up we get the sugar and butter to hang out for a bit. drop that in there. and we'll let that melt and
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go ahead and just pour that in. now, in terms of stirring it in, it's just a brief stir, right on the heels of the sugar, you go ahead and add the vanilla extract in there. now let's go ahead and take it home, right? >> uh-huh. >> jeremy: right on top of the apple dumplings and just spread it on. there we take the lemon-lime soda and pour it on the edge. >> last but not least, you have to add some cinnamon. >> jeremy: into the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. reiner. we serve it a la mode. this is a super simple recipe we love and we hope you enjoy. have a great holiday season and enjoy project read. >> sarah: oh. >> christa: she's gotten so big. a little lady. so beautiful. we've watched her grow up. it's so nice because it's like apple pie without all the work. >> jeremy: it is. the holidays can be a stressful time, so this one... i've done some recipes that are very
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for me anyway. i know sometimes macaroni and cheese is not stressful, but for me that stuff is. this one is simple. >> sarah: looks so good. >> christa: that's awesome. >> sarah: if you want any of our holiday helping recipes, log on to whdh.com, click on the project bread logo. that's where you'll find more information on how to donate to the charity. >> christa: next up, i'm headed into the kitchen. oh, no. watch out. me and my kids are making a spanish bar cake. so we'll keep the dessert theme going here. check it out. that's 11:00 tonight. i'll also have the recipe on "today in new england" tomorrow morning, so you can tune in for that. >> sarah: love those pigtail braids. all right. coming up next at 5:30, some holiday grinches now behind bars. find out where these thieves
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>> sarah: a scare on the street in malden.
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down trapping people inside. it's all caught on camera. >> christa: and a head line driver on leave. >> sarah: plus a package goes arrest. england." >> christa: good morning, everybody. we're back with you 5:30 on this middle-of-the-week wednesday. i'm christa delcamp. french. mourning. we have the "star wars" story, we have his holiday helping this morning. >> christa: no complaining about that. >> jeremy: up next an oil change and all that good stuff. of course, i'll need help on that. right now boston at 43. plymouth at 43. bedford 40 degrees. 30s and 40s. there's some wind out there. and so it's adding a bit of a cooling effect, but it's not overwhelming. it's not arctic air or bitter blasts or anything like that, but your wind-chill, the numbers do feel like the low and middle 30s, which is not too schaapy for this time of year. school bell forecast, cool
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morning. you don't need the rain gear at any time. kids will have outdoor recess. temperatures at lunchtime and when school lets out seasonal. temps this afternoon mid-40s. >> christa: okay. let's check fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> jeremy: good morning. thank you, christa. we have an accident on the expressway northbound. the accident is a multi-vehicle crash blocking the right lane. and this is right at the dorchester yacht club. so let's go to the map. you can see traffic backed up on the expressway to about granite avenue. you're crawling. that's slowing down your drive from the braintree split into boston on the expressway northbound. north of town, though, 93 looks good all the way back to 495. route 1 wide open. no delays yet. the pike looking good back out to framingham into boston. no delays to tell you about. take a look at those drive times. if you're getting ready to head out the door, the expressway, the split to the tunnel, up to 17 minutes because of that accident. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes, 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes.
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back to you. >> christa: all right. danielle, thank you. a check of your top stories on this wednesday. attorneys for philip chism are headed back to court on a separate charge. yesterday the danvers' teen was found guilty of first-degree murder her killing his high school math teacher, colleen ritzer. he faces life in prison at his sentencing next week. foreign policy taking center staining at last night's g.o.p. debate. the top republican presidential candidates battling over their approaches to national security and immigration and the steps needed to fight isis. governor jeb bush was one of several candidates to question trump's muslim ban while rivalries also heated up between marco rubio and ted cruz who clashed on immigration. also this morning, more than half million students are headed back to school this morning in los angeles after a bomb threat shut down the entire school district. officials say they believe the e-mail threat was made overseas and was based on the popular tv show "homeland." that e-mail was also directed to schools in new york and
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hoax. >> sarah: tense moments caught on camera in malden. a temporary wall crashing down on the street. several people were trapped underneath, including a baby inside a carrier. 7's nick emmons is live in madden. nick, people were pretty shaken up by that collapse. i can only imagine. >> yeah, you could definitely imagine, sarah, what it was like yesterday afternoon when that wall came crashing down. we're here on pleasant street when this all took place. you can see the wall has been cleaned up, but what's left here is at least one of the brackets that was holding that wall up here. a restaurant is undergoing some renovation, so that wall was placed up to protect people as they walked down the sidewalk, but all it took was a swift gust of wind to knock it over on top of five people. alber tina pierre has a brace around her leg and her arm in the n a sling after this temporary wall fell on her and several others tuesday afternoon
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her son isaiah rushed to his mother's side. >> i saw my mom on the floor, and she was not responsive. and like i was trying the talk to her, and she wasn't opening her eyes. i just kept saying her name. >> reporter: albertina was taken to the hospital. >> her shoulder, her right side of her back and her knee. >> reporter: a two-year-old child in a stroller was also trapped we beneath the collapsed construction barrier. his mother was injured but police say the little boy was fine. >> we think the carriage actually helped keep the winy out of harm's way. >> the child keeped him safe a little bit. >> reporter: these security cameras captured the collapse. you can see him run out to help. >> we heard a loud crash. we looked out the window. we saw that the wood structure had come down. it's been up there for probably nine months and hasn't proved, so something happened to loosen it up. you know, that shouldn't have fallen like that. >> reporter: as albertina
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it could have been worse, but it will be a difficult road ahead. >> she's got to be off her feet for a couple of days or weeks. >> reporter: so immediately after this happened, osha was looking into what exactly went wrong here. and we've also learned, we've been told that osha now will not be investigating because no construction workers were injured when that wall came crashing down. that's the latest live in malden, nick emmons, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: now to the latest on the runaway train last week. the operator of the red line train is now suspended without pay. he could be fired. david vasquez got off the train at braintree station in order to fix a signal problem. that's when the train left without him. investigators claim he used a train microphone cord to tie down the throttle and did not set the hand brake. meantime, his attorney says all he wants is fair and thorough investigation into what happened. >> sarah:>> to imagine that he would tie a rope around the throttle system or the brake system and
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the train to toggle a switch just sounds preposterous. mr. vasquez did everything he could do to deal with that situation, running to the nearest station. he even injured himself in the process. >> christa: the train flew through four stops before power was finally cut off from the rail in order to bring it to a halt. the mbta's general manager will decide whether the operator will now keep his job. >> sarah: new this morning, three suspects are behind bars accused of stealing packages from homes in south boston. witnesses say they saw three men ripping boxes open and stuffing the items into shopping bags. police later identified them. officials say if you expect a package and you're not going to be home, do not let the package sit at your doorstep. a grand jury will hear three cases in connection to the overdose of a teenager in new hampshire. a judge ruled there is probable cause to charge leslie avenuerly of salisbury with dispensing a controlled drug that resulted in death. the teen's mother, jasmine rude,
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already facing charges. 17 year old eve tarmy died in hampshire, hotel. prosecutors say that where she's used heroin that her mother's bought. >> christa: happening today, endicott college breaking ground on a new building named for pete fraties, the man behind the ice bucket challenge. his family is from beverly and ceremony. >> still ahead, it's all in the cards. a netflix politician making a surprise appearance during last night's g.o.p. debate. >> christa: and water worries in one city in michigan. the shocking test results that have a lot of people turning off their taps today. >> sarah: and a shocking sight down south after a plane runs off the runway. >> jeremy: for the day a mix of clouds and sunshine. a bit of a cool breeze this morning. that fades away.
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temps this afternoon mid-40s. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. already a slow drive on the expressway. you can see the brake lights here. what you can't see is the accident. that's just at the dorchester yacht club in the right lane. so that is blocked. it's a multivehicle accident causing delays on the expressway northbound.
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>> jeremy: good morning. right now boston at 4 3. beverly 49. worcester 37. some wind out there but not overwhelming, not overpowering, not all that cold. it is somewhat cool. and through the day, these wind 30s. the wind fades away with a mix of clouds and sunshine. temps this afternoon, pleasant for the middle of december. mid-40s 7:00 p.m. a lot of clouds, cool, temps this evening upper 30s. >> christa: take a look at what's trending out there. it looks like we're seeing double with taylor swift. the singer posing with a look-alike on her "1989" tour in australia. she has swift's trademark hairstyle and relipstick.
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"house of cards" set to premier in march. kevin spacey plays frank underwood, the president. season four will start streaming on march 4th. >> christa: lots to get to this morn, including know and go. usually you hear about people breaking out of prison. we'll tell you about man caught on camera doing exactly the opposite. >> reporter: and philip chism, convicted of first-degree murder, one day later his juvenile case on attempted murder charges has a hearing in boston. >> sarah: and new hampshire police on the lookout for this man. what he did that has him on the wanted list this morning. catch holiday-cookie cheer on the tip of your tongue cookie-flavored coffees. enjoy any medium latte or macchiato for $1.99.
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you've been waiting for. bacon up. america runs on dunkin'. >> christa: good morn, everybody. we're starting your day off with a little know and go here. >> sarah: let's send it over the jeremy rhiner with a check of your forecast. >> jeremy: good morning, sarah. good morning, everyone. it's a cooler day today but not cold. mid-december, it wouldn't be that uncommon to have a cold blast of air on the heels of a storm, but not the case. no cold air to be had. in fact, so far this month, about half-way through, only one day featuring colder-than-normal temps. the temps are running close to 10 degrees above average. now, as we work into the weekend, it will turn colder, but that's brief. that's not the start of a new pattern.
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december off to a blast of heat with temps about ten degrees above normal, and number one in terms of the warmest december on record. so the jetstream, it actually goes into this configuration this weekend, which will temporarily allow some cold air to come back into the northeast, and cold meaning seasonal for december with afternoon highs only in the low 40s. but there are signs as we work toward christmas week and christmas itself that it will snap right back into a warm pattern. temperatures for christmas could be approaching 60, perhaps 65 degrees next thursday and friday. amazing. 43 in the city at this time. worcester 37. a bit of a breeze right now creating somewhat of a cooling effect to the air, but not overwhelming cold or anything like that. high pressure is with us. so through the day, a mix of clouds and sunshine. and here comes our next weather system. it's in new england tomorrow with a few showers late in the afternoon, more likely tomorrow night, and then a whole new weather system may pester us for a few hours on friday, but at that time i think the highest chance would be southeast of boston.
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afternoon, tomorrow night, a few lingering showers possible friday. there's your weekend forecast. clouds and sun on saturday. sunday mostly sunny skies. looks good for the patriots' game. temperatures at kickoff sunday afternoon, low 40s. >> sarah: all right. time now for fast track traffic here's danielle gersh. >> jeremy: you see the brake lights here. the this is the expressway northbound. we have a multivehicle accident at the dorchester yacht club. that has the expressway backed up all the way to the braintree split. this accident is blocking the right lane. south of town, a little back-up as you get on to the braintree split. a little slow on route 24 as well. let's head north of town. you're slow through methuen and then you're stop-and-go into boston on route 93. route 1 looking good so far this morning. the pike also wide open. all green all the way back out to framingham and 495. let's take a look at those drive times. the expressway, the slit to the tunnel, 25 minutes. that accident not helping there. and into town on the pike from 128, just 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim
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so far the "t" is on time. back to you. >> christa: happening right now, philip chism's defense gearing up for another day in court. >> sarah: this appearance just a day after the danvers' teen was found guilty of killing his high school math teacher, but be he spend his life in prison? let's head out the victoria warren with more on the verdict. vicki? >> victoria: there are still a lot of questions when it comes to sentencing. because it's a first-degree murder conviction and philip chism is a juvenile, the jury deliberated for nine hours to come back with that guilty verdict. and now one day later, philip chism's case in boston moves forward. he's going to have his case called in boston juvenile court today. but it's unclear he'll actually be here or if he will waive his appearance. this case has a lot of similarities to the murder of math teacher colleen ritzer. but the jury never got to hear about it. yesterday ritzer's family spoke out for the very first time after jurors in salem convicted chism of rape and murder in the
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math teacher. so with a first-degree murder conviction, but again, because philip chism was a juvenile at the time, the law now says he can not be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole, meaning that he could be paroled in 15 to 25 years and that means that he could be paroled before he is 40 years old. the salem judge still needs to set sentencing, so we'll know more when that happens. live this morning in boston, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: also this morn, police have a suspect in custody after shots were fired near a courthouse in roxbury tuesday morning. police were on the scene investigating that area trying to figure out exactly what led up to it. luckily no one was hurt. >> sarah: police are investigating two robberies in manchester, new hampshire. officers are looking for the man in this surveillance picture. they say he attacked a store clerk and threatened him with a knife before getting away with a stack of cash. they say he may be connected to
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>> christa: a salem, new hampshire, man accused of breaking into seven cars. officers arrested 39-year-old henry schumann early tuesday morning. now he faces 12 counts of theft. schumann was released on bail. he'll be in court coming up next month. >> sarah: checking news cross country, eight people were hurt after a southwest airlines plane ran into tarmac trouble in nashville. the plane had just arrived from houston and was taxiing to the gate when it suddenly rolled off the runway and on to the grass. passengers say it was a frightening experience. >> all of a sudden there was just a big boom and it sounded like to my that a wheel blew out, and i don't know if a wheel blew out or if it just collapsed or something like that. and the next thing i know, we were in the ditch. >> sarah: the eight passengers that were treated were treated for minor injuries. the f.a.a. is now investigating. >> christa: the mayor of flint, michigan, has declared a state of emergency because of toxic levels of lead found in
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the issue started when the city switched from detroit's water system to the flint river last year. that move was supposed to save money. right now the mayor is worried the lead will cause future health problems, particularly among children. >> so far what we've had is bandaid fixes. we have the filter programs. we have talked about diets for lead exposure, and don't get me wrong, we want these things to continue, we need all of that. >> christa: the mayor wants more funding to fix the problem. >> sarah: there's more news this morning. jurors in the case of a police officer who is connected to the death of freddie gray say they are deadlocked. the judge has ordered him to keep deliberating. officer william porter is charged with manslaughter after gray was injured and died while in police custody in april. he's the first of six officers to stand trial. former subway spokesman jared sentence. last month fogle was sentenced to 15 years behind bars after pleading guilty to child sex and
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fogle is also appealing a $175,000 fine. he's being held in a prison transfer facility in oklahoma. >> christa: now to a story caught on camera. a florida man who was allegedly on drugs facing some serious charges after ramming his car into a jail. police believe he was on a synthetic drug known as flakka. officials say the man was behaving violently and told deputies he wanted to visit his friends inside the jail. >> sarah: high crimes in oregon as thieves break into a medical marijuana dispensary. the suspect broke through the wall of the building to get inside, but the shelves were empty and they only got away with some over-the-counter products. oregon law requires all the marijuana plants and other medicated products must be locked up over night. >> i think they were assumeing to walk in and see the store fully furnished like it is during the day. it could have ruined our business if we didn't follow protocol. >> sarah: the thieves took about $2,000 worth of items. >> christa: jimmy fallon
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"the tonight show." [singing "star wars" theme music]ism he's amazing. i'm telling you what. >> christa: it kind of reminds me of "brady bunch" "star wars." there was a story. >> sarah: i love it. >> christa: so he's thing the "star wars" theme song with some of the stars of the cast of the film. at one point they dressed up as storm troopers. harrison ford and carrie fisher made cameos at the end. i have to see that full length coming up. >> sarah: spoiler alert. i didn't stay up to watch it. so spoiler to me, "the voice" wrapping up season nine. the winner is jordan smith. the kentucky native wins contract. coming in second, emily ann roberts, but he was incredible. just incredible. >> christa: i know you're a huge fan of "the voice." sarah. >> sarah: i like those singing shows. >> christa: i get the cliff
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>> jeremy: it is. i'm with you on that one. sarah briefs me on this stuff. >> sarah: and you brief me on "star wars." >> jeremy: jason smith. >> sarah: no, jordan smith. we've been over this, j.r. bedford 40. some wind out there. that fades away during the day. even though we have a little wind, it does feel a little bit cooler because of that wind. it feels like the low and middle 30s. and a mix of clouds and sunshine. nice december day. temps running in the middle 40s at 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m., cloudy skies, upper 30s. we'll talk about some rain shower activity on the way for tomorrow night, some very early friday morning. more on that in the next hour. >> sarah: and there's still another hour of 7news on today in new england. up next at 6:00, a new york paper coming down hard on tom brady. why they're taking aim at his connection to one gop front-runner. >> christa: speaking of the g.o.p., what happened in vegas certainly didn't stay there. the candidates meeting for their final debate of the year.
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>> christa: the case against philip chism back in court today. he's facing charges for another crime a day after being convicted of killing his teacher. >> sarah: breaking overnight, a bad crash ends with a car bursting into flames in wakefield. >> christa: and the race for
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>> this is a tough business. >> oh, you're a tough guy, jeb. >> christa: the g.o.p. candidates try the take on trump, but did they make an impact? cover controversy, a new york paper blasting tom brady for his friendship with donald trump. also fun facts about the force, what to due pack, in sync and kurt russell all have in common with star wars? >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: all the trivia you need to know on "star wars" ahead of the big premier. >> sarah: it's like j.r. morning we've been saying. we have holiday helping, his "star wars" special. i thought you were going to wear morning. >> jeremy: i want to, but they said, slow your roller, jedi. boston at 45. worcester 43. but that will be on on christmas eve, i guarantee you that much. i tell you what, looking at the long range charts, you will not need the sweaters and heavy coats for christmas. it's warm.
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have outdoor recess with a mix of clouds and sunshine. a cool breeze early on at the bus stop. temps at lunchtime running in the middle 40s, and when school lets out this afternoon, mid-40s with partly to mostly sunny skies on the way. eventually we'll start to see another band of rain head our way. this morning that rain is way out here in chicago land and it moves into metro boston tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. more on that in about 15 minutes. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. let's go outside and take a look at the expressway. we've been keeping an eye on an accident just beyond where you can see at this picture at the dorchester yacht club. it actually just cleared. still heavy delays on the expressway back down to the braintree split. this accident was blocking the right lane. south of town, 24, you're slowing down around west center street. route 3, a little bit of back-up, as well. let's head north of town. 93 southbound, starting to she down through lawrence, you're stop and go into boston. route 1 looking good so far.
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for example, let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel, that's 25 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, just 12 minutes, so no delays there. into boston on 93 southbound, 12 minutes as well, so far the "t" is on time. back to you. >> christa: day's top stories. a second criminal case for philip chism in court today. less than 24 hours after being found guilty of raping and murdering his high school math teacher, the 16 year old is also charged with trying to kill a youth services worker. >> sarah: the attack happened while the danvers teen was awaiting trial for killing colleen ritzer. 7's victoria warren live outside the boston courthouse with more. >> victoria: it was a very emotional day yesterday. we heard from colleen ritzer's family for the very first time. here we are, one day later, and philip chism has another case, this one in juvenile court. this has a lot of similarities to the ritzer case, a case the
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that jury came back yesterday with the conviction of >> the defendant, philip chism, >> victoria: 16-year-old philip chism emotionless after the jury says he raped and murdered his math teacher colleen ritzer. colleen's mother sat and cried. >> this guilty verdict, while the beginning of justice for colleen, is certainly no cause for celebration. >> victoria: the ritzer family not even getting chance to process the weeks of graphic testimony they just sat through. first thing wednesday, chism is back inside another courtroom, this one in boston where he's facing attempted murder charge, accused of attacking a department of youth services worker while he was in custody. >> we will honor her legacy and be her voice during the continued judicial process. >> victoria: that process is also likely to see lengthy appeals, and because chism was only 14 years old when he killed his math teacher, the judge has to follow new sentencing guidelines, which means he can't get life without parole, meaning there is a chance he could be
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years old. the ritzers know what's ahead for them, but in this moment they want to focus on their daughter and her lasting impact on those who knew her. >> one of colleen's favorite quotes is, "there is something good in every day." to celebrate our love for her and in recognition of the many lives colleen touched and continues to influence despite the immense loss we're forced to endure, we will carry on and do our very best to find the good in every day. >> victoria: the salem judge still has to set a seasoning date. again, philip chism, after he's been convicted now of first-degree murder, could be sentenced to life with the chance of parole in 15 to 25 years. as for his case in juvenile court today, in boston it's unclear if philip chism will actually be present inside of the courtroom or if he will waive that appearance. live this morning in boston, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: 6:04 right now.
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are hurt after a serious crash in wakefield on route 128 after a cash slammed into a guardrail and burst into flames. both victims were rushed to the hospital. police are investigating the cause of the crash. >> christa: candidates in the race for the white house back on the campaign trail today. the g.o.p. rival spending last night duking it out in las vegas. and the war on terror was a major focus in the final debate for the republican candidates of the year. let's get right to 7's nancy chen with highlights. >> nancy: christa, good morning. national security concerns have been on everyone's mind, especially lately. this was first debate since the terrorist attacks in san bernardino. the candidates had strong opinions on how the keep the nation safe. the topic of last night's debate, foreign policy. the first question went to republican front-runner donald trump on his idea to ban all muslims from coming to the united states. >> we are not talking about isolation. we're talking about security. we're not talking about religion.
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>> nancy: governor jeb bush, one of several candidates on the stage in las vegas last night who questioned trump's muslim ban. >> this is not a serious proposal. >> nancy: jeb and trump sparred several times during the debate 678 >> you said on september 30th that isis -- >> am i talking or are you talking? >> i'm talking. >> you can go back. >> nancy: senators carson and clashed on whether immigrants would be legalized. >> do you rule it out? >> i have never supported legalization and i do not intend to support legalization. >> . >> nancy: when trump complained he was being attacked too much during the debate, jeb bush pounced >> this is a tough business. >> i know. you're a tough guy, jeb. >> you're never going to be president of the united states
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>> doesn't matter. >> nancy: and governor chris christie, who has been on the rise in new hampshire, called for a no-fly zone over syria, vowing to shoot down russian jets should they violate it. senator rand paul said that would be inciting world war iii. in the newsroom, nancy chen, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: it's back to school this morning for. >> than 500,000 students in los angeles after a threat based on a popular tv show shut down the school. officials say a bomb threat from overseas kept students home. the e-mail was also directed at officials in new york. officials are investigating it as a hoax influenced by a recent episode of the tv show "homeland." here in boston, bpd's internet was shut down for about 20 minutes yesterday after a cyber attack, but mayor marty walsh said it wasn't connected to those threats. >> christa: happening today, the department of homeland security is set to announce changes to the nation's terror alert system. the department says the system
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inform the public about terrorist threats. plans to change the terror alert system were announced shortly after the mass shooting happened in san bernardino, california. ism also today the federal reserve will decide whether to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years. the historic announcement is scheduled for this afternoon. the decision could have an impact on homeowners who may see an increase in mortgage rates. >> christa: two more pats players done for the rest of the season. the pats placing running back legarrette blount and defensive lineman dominique easley on injured reserve. with blount out, brandon boldin and james white will likely handle running back duties. and new this morning, the "new york daily news" blasting tom brady on today's front page, relationship with donald trump. so let's head out thrive gillette with 7's nicole oliverio here to explain what this is all about. nicole?
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brady was asked on the radio yesterday if, in fact, he does support donald trump. "the new york post"... the "new york daily news" got wind of that and then made a very criticizing front page headline. tom brady hoping to avoid getting in the middle of any political talk. >> donald j. trump for president in 2016? >> can i just stay out of this debate? >> nicole: but the "new york daily news" is putting new england's quarterback on blast for comments brady made during his weekly radio interview with dennis and callahan when asked if he supports republican trump. >> i support all my friends in everything they do. i think that's... i think it's pretty remarkable what he's achieved in his life. >> nicole: the new york paper criticized brady for not we announcing trump's plan to ban all muslims. instead brady tried to avoid all questions. >> this is really important to you guys, huh?
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it was in september when a trump had was spotted in brady's locker. >> he's always within so supportive for me. for the last 15 years since i judged a beauty pageant for him. >> nicole: and trump supported number 12 during deflategate. >> we love tom brady. as you know, he's a very good friend of mine. >> nicole: other athletes and owners came the brady's defense, saying it's nobody's business who he supports. and when asked, brady says he still does have that hat in his locker. live in gillette, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: all right. still ahead, a scare on the sidewalk. a wall comes crashing down in malden. this morning one of the women caught under the rubble is sharing her story. >> christa: also the inspiration behind the ice bucket challenge set to get a new and perm unanimous honor. >> sarah: and brush up on your jedi knowledge. j.r. will tell us some things you didn't know about the series.
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to quiz you on that tomorrow, sarah. through the day, a mix of clouds and sunshine. a pleasant december day. low 40s this morning. that's your normal high. temps this afternoon mid-40s. >> danielle: good morning. our expressway accident has cleared. but as you can see, still a slow drive. 35 minutes from the braintree split into boston on the
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>> christa: good morning. it's time to rise and shine, and this morning we're waking up with one of our newest little viewers. this is kate from south boston, and her parents say she never misses a newscast, and she's smiling and is absolutely adorable in that outfit. i'm thinking that maybe we need to set up a play date with your little one blair.
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slightly older. >> i was just wondering howl she was. they look about maybe the same size, j.r. >> jeremy: very cute picture there. good to see those pictures. thank you for sharing those with us. we've got a day that does not have as much wind as yesterday. it's cooler than yesterday, but it's not cold. i mean, the normal high is around 41, and we'll be in the mid-40s this afternoon. a few showers returning to new england tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night, but december much like november thus far half-way through the month we're averaging the warmest december on record. i don't see any significant, long-lasting coal air. jetstream looks like this right now. i do think as we work into the weekend, it will rearrange itself so it looks like this for saturday and sunday, which again, when we advertise cold, it's just really where we should be for this time of year, afternoon highs in the 30s and the 40s for saturday and sunday. and then that's it. i think as we work into next week, christmas week, the pattern will snap right back into a mild pattern. 50s and perhaps 60s for
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amazing. right now boston 41. jaffrey at 31. there's some wind out there. it actually feels like 35 in boston with a gentle breeze. and those jaffrey wind-chill, there is no wind out there. thanks to high pressure, just about on top of us. once old blue shows up, that will set us up for a day of a mix of clouds and sunshine. because the blue h is just about on top of us, not as windy as yesterday. it's just making a cameo, though, as we work into tomorrow. here comes another weather system. so a lot of clouds tomorrow, and a few isolated showers tomorrow afternoon. and i think a heavier batch of rain on the way for tomorrow evening, tomorrow night. it will be fast moving and brief. so it's not long lasting new york flooding or anything like, that and a whole new weather system may pester us as we work toward friday with clouds. i think a slightly lower chance of showers on friday. if anyone stands to get a couple showers on friday, probably cape cod, more likely than city of boston and nashua, but even around the metro, 40% chance of showers friday with a lot of clouds. today mix of clouds and sunshine.
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temperatures middle 40s. traveling across the nation. chicago today 592. dallas 55. orlando 86. out on the west coast, big storm approaching the pacific northwest. seattle at 43. los angeles at 61. 7 on 7 forecast for tomorrow, a lot of clouds. a few showers late in the afternoon, more likely tomorrow night and friday, a few isolated showers lingering, near 50. there's your colder weather for saturday and sunday. but you notice monday and tuesday of next week right back into the 50s. >> christa: okay. we're right back the traffic with danielle gersh this morning. >> sarah: thank you, christa. good morning, everyone almost let's go outside to the expressway where we did have a accident that's cleared. it's still a slow drive on the expressway northbound. let's go to the map, that boulevard. it has cleared. it was blocking the right lane. still a slow drive from the braintree split over half an hour. route 24 northbound from west center street is slow, as well. route 3 getting on to 128, a little bit slow, as well. let's head north of town. 93 southbound slowing down in lawrence. and then you're stop-and-go to 128.
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is a slow drive. route 1 looking pretty good, though. let's go to the pike. not too many problems. mostly green on the pike back the framingham. take a look at those drive times if your getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel, right around half hour into town on the pike from 128. pretty good. just 12 minutes. 93 southbound. 128 to the zakim bridge, over is on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: all right. the countdown is on to the release of "star "star wars: the force awakens." a lot of fans of these films can quote all the movies by heart. we were just doing that here. >> sarah: i was going to say, you guys know them all. some of them so obsessled they know more about the galaxy far, far away than george lucas. >> sarah: that is correct. >> jeremy: if you're looking forward the friday, take a look back us with for some stuff you may not know about first six "star wars" movies. >> it's still unreal to me that we're getting new "star wars." i never thought in my lifetime i would see episode vii.
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saw an advance screening of "the force awakens." to get you ready, we're digging up some new stuff about the old films. let's start with obi wan. sir alex guinness didn't think much of the movie, calling it fairy tale rubbish, but because he got a cut at the box office, his paycheck was reportedly $95 million. >> more powerful than you can possibly imagine. >> jeremy: luke skywalker was almost called luke starkiller. and even eepisode six, return of the jedi was part of the name game. >> not bad for a little fur >> jeremy: up until the last called... >> revenge of the jedi. >> jeremy: the name was the communicator used in the film wasn't technical at all. >> a gillette women's razor that they took apart. >> jeremy: if the auditions worked out differently, you might have seen members of the boy band in sync in "attack of
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and kurt russell as han solo. and to get you in the holiday spirit... >> a "star wars" holiday special. >> jeremy: in 1978, a "star wars" holiday special aired on cbs. one critic called it "the worst two hours of television ever." we celebrate a day of peace >> that would not happen today. you would not get "the lord of the rings" holiday special. at that time it was rudolph followed by some wookiees. whatever works. >> jeremy: unreal. all right. one more tidbit, every "star wars" film until this one released the week after george lucas' birthday. while "the force awakens" opens this week, the release date for next film is may 2017. ism get excited. mark your calendars now. >> christa: happy birthday to me. coming up, lebron james surprising a celtics fan at the garden last night. why the nba star gave him the shoes off his feet. >> sarah: plus several people hurt when a southwest airlines plane has a rocky landing.
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ism 6:23 this morning. here at 7news we're whipping up our favorite holiday recipes all far good cause. >> christa: today jeremy is making a quick and easy dessert
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holiday meal. doesn't look too hard either. so here it, is j.r.'s holiday helping. >> jeremy: hello. welcome to my home. this is my wife and daughter. the holidays can be a stressful time whether you're hosting a party or fending off a rebellion in a galaxy far, far away. so we have a recipe we think you'll enjoy. we love it. it's apple dumplings. you guys ready to make it? >> yeah. >> yeah. >> jeremy: okay. let's do it. first things first. we're going to peel this apple. we live out here in apple country, so we love to find anything that has an apple in the recipe, don't we? >> yeah. so now we're going to chop up the apple. >> jeremy: you can slice it up into eighths or use this little dice right here. super slick. now we're going to take the crescent rolls, this is where i need your help, lily, is we're going to roll the apple up into the crescent rolls. you can put that apple to bed, tuck it up and put it in the greased pan. good night, apple. >> good night, apple.
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sugar and butter to hang out for and we'll let that melt and simmer down. go ahead and just pour that in. now, in terms of stirring it in, its just a brief stir, right on the heels of the sugar, you go ahead and add the vanilla extract in there. now let's go ahead and take it home, right? >> uh-huh. >> jeremy: right on top of the apple dumplings and just spread it on. we take the lemon-lime soda and pour it on the edge. >> last but not least, you have to add some cinnamon. >> jeremy: into the oven at 350 for 40 minutes. this is how we serve at team reiner. we serve it a la mode. this is a super simple recipe we love and we hope you enjoy. have a great holiday season and thank you for supporting project bread. >> dig in! >> sarah: that looks so good, doesn't it? >> christa: she's so darling. isn't she cute? >> sarah: grown up so much since last year.
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saying you are going to keep the sugar companies in business with the sugar and the sprite. >> my friends said, if you see an apple like there, you'll lose your fingertips. so do as i say, not as i do. >> sarah: we'll let you bring it in and we'll test it out. if you want to make a do nation to project bread, log on to whdh.com and click on the project bread logo. >> christa: next up, i'm headed into the kitchen. look out, everybody, because my five and seven year olds are helping me with some spanish bar cake. we're on the dessert trajectory here with j.r. and me. you can see that tonight at 11:00 or tomorrow morning. we'd love to have you join us at 6:00 for that. >> sarah: still ahead, the local singer who took center stage at last night's g.o.p. debate in las vegas. >> reporter: plus hear from a woman who was injured when a construction barrier came crashing down in malden. >> christa: all right, nick. and a state of emergency in a town in michigan. what's in the water that's
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america runs on dunkin'. ism caught on camera, a wall crashes down on two women and a baby. >> i was trying to talk to her and she wasn't opening her eyes. >> sarah: what led to the collapse in malden. >> christa: g.o.p. rivals attacking trump. >> he's a chaos candidate and he would be a chaos president. >> christa: the front-runner on the defensive in their fifth face-off. >> sarah: a cool moment for lebron james at the barden. how the nba star made a celtics' fan smile. >> the winner of "the voice" is... >> christa: and a new singing star gets crowned on "the voice." >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good wednesday morning, everybody. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. a lot of us are so busy. it's just over a week until christmas.
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>> sarah: have you finished it all? >> christa: no, no, it usually doesn't get done until the night before. so, j.r., people are heading out today. what are you thinking weather-wise? >> sarah: thankfully no weather to get in the way of that list of activities that you have to accomplish. the city at 41 right now. fitchburg 35. worcester 35. some wind out, adding a bit of a chill, but a cooling effect, if you will. temperatures running in the middle 30s. the normal high is 41. so even right now, the numbers pretty close to our normal high temp. through the day, that fades away this morning with makes of clouds and sunshine. it's a pleasant december day. mid-40s this afternoon. and by 7:00 p.m., cool with a lot of clouds, upper 30s. we are talking about some rain showers heading our way for tomorrow evening. we will talk more about that in about 15 minutes. >> christa: good to know, j.r. thank you. how about traffic heading out the door. danielle is with us now. >> sarah: this is route 1 in saugus, and you can see, it's slow. the good news, after you get through saugus, it's opening up as you get into boston.
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93 southbound is backed up all the way to 495 crawling into boston on 93 southbound. the pike not too bad. you're slow and go from framingham. no major delays to tell you about on the pike. the expressway, still very slow from the braintree split into boston. half an hour. we had an earlier accident that did clear on the expressway. route 24 is slow from west center street, a little slow on route 3 as you head toward the braintree split, as well. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door, right around a half an hour, and into town on the pike from 128, that's up to 22 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, over half an hour, as well. so far it's on time. back to you. >> christa: thanks, danielle, now to the day's top stories. attorneys for chism are heading back to court for hearing on a separate charge. yesterday the danvers' teen was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing his high school math teacher colleen ritzer. chism faces life in prison, but he could be up for parole after 15 years because of a state law.
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serious crash in wakefield. that happened on route 128 after a car slammed into a guardrail and burst into flames. both victims were rushed to the hospitals. police are investigating the cause of the crash. foreign policy taking center stage at last night's g.o.p. debate. the top republican presidential candidates battled over their opinions on national security, immigration and the steps needed to fight isis. >> christa: here at home some tense moments caught on camera in malden. a temporary wall suddenly crashing down on the street. several people were trapped underneath and that includes a baby inside a carrier. so very scary situation. here's 7's nick emmons. he's in malden. i guess people are shaken up by this i would guess. nick? >> yeah, that's right, christa. seeing this all happen right in front of them, people just couldn't imagine what was going on, but let me show you what the scene looks like this morning. you can see that wall has been removed. it's up in front of this business here. it's actually a restaurant
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now. that 35-foot wall was put up to protect pedestrians as they're walking along the sidewalk, but all it took was a stiff gust of wind to knock it over. >> i couldn't see the floor. >> albertina pierre has a brace on her arm after this temporary wall fell on her and several others in malden. her son isaiah rushed to his mother's side. >> i saw my mom on floor. she was not responsive. and like i was trying to talk to her. and she wasn't opening her eyes. i just kept saying her name. >> nick: albertina was taken to the hospital. >> her shoulder, her right side of her back and her knee. >> nick: a two year old child in a stroller was also trapped beneath the collapsed construction barrier. his mother was injured, but police say the little boy was fine. >> we think the carriage actually helped keep the baby out of harm's way.
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keep it off the ground. >> nick: these security cameras at paul fraser's jewelry store captured the collapse. you can see him run out to help. >> we heard a loud crash. we looked out the window. we saw the wood structure had come down. it's been up there for probably nine months and hasn't moved, so something happened to loosen it up. you know, that shouldn't have fallen like that. >> nick: as albertina recovers, she and her family say it could have been worse, but it will be a difficult road ahead. >> she's the one that provides for us. she's going to be off her feet for a couple of days or weeks. >> nick: all right. so from what we understand, osha was on scene here yesterday going over the accident right after it happened, but what we've learned is that apparently osha will not with investigating this incident because no construction workers were injured inside. that's the latest live in malden, nick emmons, 7news "today in new england." >> the operator of the red line train now suspended without pay and could be fired.
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at braintree station to fix a signal problem. that's when the train left without him. investigators say he used a train microphone cord to tie down the throttle and did not set the hand brake. his attorney says his client denies those allegations, though. >> imagine that he would tie a rope around the throttle system or the brake system and then get off the train the get under the train toing to alswitch just sounds preposterous. mr. vasquez did everything he could do to deal with that situation, running to the nearest station. he even injured himself in the process. >> sarah: the mbta's general manager will decide whether the operator will keep his job. >> christa: and police arresting three men for stealing packages off doorsteps in south boston. residents called police when they say they saw these men ripping boxing open and then stuffing items into shopping bags. officials say if you expect a package at home and won't be there, try the make some arrangements so it's not sitting there at your doorstep. police in brewster have arrested
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police say the man pointed a gun at a convenience store clerk sunday and then took off with the cash. he's now facing several charges. >> sarah: happening today, endicott college breaking ground on a new building named for the inspiration of the ice bucket challenge. the new residence hall in beverly will be named after pete frates. the former boston college baseball player was diagnosed with als at the age of 27, and he has led efforts to raise awareness for the disease. frates family is from beverly and will be on hand for today's ceremony. >> christa: still ahead, trouble on the tarmac. passengers talking about how their plane just ran off the runway. >> sarah: also lebron james impressing celtics' fans after his kind gesture to a boston high school student at the garden last night. >> christa: and a big star-studded finale on "the voice." we'll let you know who replaced the judges with monkeys coming
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>> danielle: good morning, everyone. it's a slow drive on the expressway northbound. you can see here from the braintree split into boston, that will take you over half hour. coming into town from the north, 93 southbound is backed up all the way to 495.
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>> sarah: 6:40 right now. spoiler alert. there's a new winner of "the voice." >> jordan smith! >> sarah: and the winner, as you see, for season nine, jordan smith. the kentucky native wins $100,000 and a recording contract. coming in second, emily ann roberts. and some big stars performing on the finale, a few monkeys took over the judge's chair during cold play's performance. and then took the stage to dance. the band played their hit adventure of a lifetime. pretty funny, right? also importanting last night, justin bieber and country singer sam hunt. >> christa: very well choreographed there. a star sighting at the g.o.p. debate. ayla brown singing the national anthem.
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by the dawn's early light >> ayla is the daughter of former massachusetts senator scott brown and was a contestant on "american idol" back in 2006. >> sarah: coming up next, the day's top stories. new this morning, jeb bush quick the fire back at donald trump at last night's debate. the attack ad released overnight. >> christa: and a new york paper coming down hard on tom brady. why they're taking aim at his connection to the g.o.p. front-runner. >> reporter: the verdict is in. philip chism guilty of murder. we'll tell you why one day later his case is being called in a
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>> it's 6:45. time to know and go. >> reporter: philip chism convicted and heading back to court. why a massachusetts law means he could get paroled before he's 40 years old. >> reporter: a sidewalk scare in malden. a temporary wall comes crashing down, trapping people underneath. >> reporter: jeb bush firing back. his campaign releasing a new ad trump. >> reporter: and a new york paper roughing the passer. tom brady facing tough criticism for his relationship with donald trump. >> christa: good morning, the 16th day of december. it's know and go time with all your day's top stories. >> we have traffic and weather. let's send it over to jeremy
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>> sarah: a mix of clouds and sunshine. cooler than where we have been but not cold. temps in the middle 40s. showers on the way for tomorrow anne arundel tomorrow night. 41 in town at this time. orange 33. some leftover wind. there is a bit of a cooling effect because of that wind, but not a bitter blast of air. wind-chill temps, if you will, running in the low to mid-30s. high pressure closer to us today with a mix of clouds and sunshine. and because it's closer to us, there won't be as much wind out there through this afternoon. just passing through, though, not going to spend much time with us unfortunately. here comes another weather system tomorrow with a lot of clouds. a few isolated showers tomorrow afternoon. a burst of some rain on the way for tomorrow night. friday another weather system passing southeast of new england. i think a lot of clouds on friday. and there may be a couple rain showers friday afternoon, especially on the cape and the islands, but even metro boston slight chance. today clouds and sun, temps between 42 and 46. for tonight, cloud skies, and then through the day tomorrow, a lot of clouds. a few showers late in the day tomorrow night, an isolated shower possible on friday
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a mix of clouds and sunshine, actually kind of chilly on saturday, a chilly wind with temperatures only near 40 for afternoon highs. and again, that's normal for this time of year. it will be brief as we look into next week, monday and tuesday, warming back into the 50s. have a great day. >> sarah:. >> christa: let's get you on the fast track with gersh. danielle? >> not so fast on the expressway. heading past the gas tank, you can see, the braintree split into boston expressway, over half an hour. south of town, we do have an accident in raynham, this is on route 24 northbound right at route 44. something to keep in mind. and then north of town, you're slow on 93 southbound beginning in wilmington and then you're crawling all the way into boston. 128 southbound slow from route 1 to 93 as well. let's take a look at the pike. you're slow through framingham and then you're picking up some speed slowing down again through waltham. your drive times, if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning, the expressway, the split to the tunnel, right around half an
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128 just over 20 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 33 minutes. and so far the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> now to the day's top stories, a second criminal case for chism in court today. the 16-year-old charged with trying to kill a youth services worker. >> christa: this apparently happened while he was in custody. this comes while he was found guilty of killing his high school math teacher. let's go to 7's victoria warren live outside the courthouse in boston. vicki? >> after weeks of testimony, it took the jury nine hours to come back with that guilty conviction of first-degree murder. here we are one day later. chism's case being called in juvenile court here in boston. this is a case of attempted murder. it's unclear if the 16-year-old will show up in juvenile court or waive his appearance. this case has a lot of similarities to the murder of math teacher colleen ritzer. but the jury never got to hear about it. ritzer's family speaking out for the first time after the
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jurors convicted chism of rape and murder in the death of his danvers high math teacher. it's a first-degree murder conviction, but there are some questions about what sentence exactly he's going to serve because he was a juvenile when the crime was committed. so the judge has to sentence him to life with the possibility of parole in 15 to 25 years. and that means that chism could be eligible for parole before age 40. the judge in salem still has to set a sentencing date. live this morning, in boston, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: now to breaking news overnight the work people were hurt after a serious crash in wakefield. this happened on 128 after a car slammed into a guardrail and burst into flames. both victims were rushed to the hospital and police are now investigating the cause behind it. >> sarah: new this morning, in the race for the white house, g.o.p. candidate jeb bush set to release a new ad over night blasting trump and his behavior
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it mocks trump's facial expression during their exchanges. 7's nancy chen joins us. focused on national security concerns. it was once again an intense face-off between the candidates. that add -- ad you mentioned was a clip from donald trump and jeb bush getting into a heated exchange when bush said trump could never lead this country. >> donald, you know, is great at candidate. and he'd be a chaos president. this is a tough business. >> oh, you're a tough guy, jeb. >> reporter: bush accused trump of lacking seriousness after his proposal the ban muslims from the united states. and other candidates including governor chris christie and senator rand paul butted heads on how to bring down isis. in the newsroom, nancy chen, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: also a close call for a baby and mere when a temporary wall comes crashing down in malden. several people racing to the rescue.
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more on this story. nick? >> nick: definitely a chaotic scene in malden where that construction barrier came crashing down. the wall has been taken away, but yesterday afternoon it was laying out over the sidewalk here as crews were working to clean things up. so apparently what had happened here was a gust of wind blew it over and surveillance video captures the moment a woman was trapped underneath that wall. five people were actually hit by it as it went over, including a its mother. the child was okay. police say luckily the child made it out okay and part of the reason is because its stroller actually protected it from the wall when it went down. as far as how this happened, it over. it's in front of a restaurant that is being renovated, so they put that barrier up to protect people as they're walking by, but all it took was a strong
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osha was on scene investigating, looking into if there needs to be anything looked at further, but we've been told that osha will not be investigating any longer because no construction workers were injured. that's the latest live in madden, nick emmons, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: back to school for more than half million students in los angeles after a threat shut down their entire school district. officials say a bomb threat came from overseas. and then that prompted them to keep students at home. this e-mail was also directed to schools in new york. investigating this as a hoax. >> sarah: happening today, the department of homeland security set to announce changes to the nation's terror alert system. the department says the system will be modified to better inform the public about terror threats. plans to change the terror alert system were announced shortly after the mass shooting in san bernardino. also today the federal reserve will decide whether to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years. the historic announcement is scheduled for this afternoon,
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impact on homeowners who may see an increase in mortgage rates. >> christa: state of emergency out in michigan as the city of flint deals with toxic levels of lead in drinking water. >> i, mayor karen w. weaver, declare a state of emergency in the city of flint effective december 14, 2015. thank you. >> christa: and health officials fear that thousands of young children could be poisoning. residents have blamed bacteria infection, rashes and other health issues on the water, as well. the issue began when the city switched water sources last year and now the city's mayor is asking for federal aid to help fix that problem. eight people were hurt after a southwest airlines plane ran into tarmac trouble down in nashville. the plane had just arrived from houston and was taxiing to the gate. that's when it suddenly rolled off the runway and on to the grass. passengers say this was a frightening experience for them. >> all of a sudden there was a
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me that a wheel blew out, but i don't know if a wheel blew out or fit just collapsed or something like that. and then the next thing i know, we were in the ditch. >> christa: eight passengers were treated for minor injuries and the f.a.a. was investigating. two more patriots' players are done for the rest of the season. the pats placed running back legarrette blount and defensive lineman dominic easley on injured reserve on tuesday. both players were injured in sunday night's win over the texans. with blount out, james white will likely handle running back duties. new this morning, the "new york daily news" blasting tom brady on today's front page, attacking the pats' star for his relationship with donald trump. 7's nicole oliverio live at gillette stadium with more on this story. any -- nicole? >> nicole: remember it was revealed back in september when brady had that trump hat in his locker. so there has always been the question, does he, in fact, support trump for president. well, now as you mentioned, this morning if you check out the
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daily news," you see they are putting the new england quarterback on blast with this blaring front page headline for comments that brady made during his weekly radio interview with dennis and callahan when asked if he supported republican presidential candidate donald trump. the new york paper criticized brady for not denouncing trump's plans to ban all muslims, but brady during that interview tried avoiding all questions. brady did call trump a friend, and trump says he supports number 12. >> i support all my friends in everything they do. i think that's... i think it's pretty remarkable what he's achieved in his life. >> nicole: and when asked, brady was... they asked brady if he still has the hat in his locker, and he said yes. live at gillette, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: the celtics just could not beat lebron james and the cleveland cavaliers at the garden last night.
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24 points. avery bradley leading the c's with 17. but boston lost. the final score was 89-77. lebron james shared some really special moments with a celtics' fan last night. 16 year old aaron miller, a special olympian from newton, was honored as a hero among us. the nba superstar sought out the teen, i think that's what you're seeing here, and congratulated him right there, and then he gave miller the shoes right off his feet. look at his reaction. he's just so happy. miller was apparently wearing shoes designed by lebron for kids who have conditions where they can't tie laces. so lebron said he wanted to give him his own shoes out of respect. a really special moment. >> sarah: amazing. let's get a final check of the forecast now with jeremy reiner. >> jeremy: and for the day, a mix of clouds and sunshine. a mid-40s today. a few rain showers tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night. >> christa: that's going to do it for us. have a super day, everybody. it's wednesday, middle of the week. here we go. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: i'm sarah french.
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